I miss the ease of the days when my sons were at pre-school. One place to pick up and drop off. Playdates on off days and weekends. Not worrying about sports practice for one and art class for another, and Sunshine still needs to be picked up. At preschool. On the other side of town.
Right now I am trying to sort out summer and I have talked to several sitters. All the kids need time at the beach and in the sun. Sunshine, at four, needs care. Woody, at a precocious eight, needs supervision, direction, drop-offs and pick-ups at day programs, and some interference between him and his siblings. And Alfs? At twelve, he mostly needs a ride.
And evening child care: what do we do about that as Alfs gets older? Most of the girls advertising their child care services are only a couple of years older than Alfs. Having them "baby sit" a relative peer isn't quite right. Do I hire someone to watch the younger kids and tell Alfs to stay out of the way? That doesn't seem like it would work, but maybe.
How do we go on from here, especially in the summers? I still need to work at least part-time, so we'll still need help with the kids. As the years pass, the younger ones will be easier and easier to manage, but Alfs will still need those rides. Eventually Woody will need rides, too, while Sunshine still needs supervision. Do I eventually just hire a chauffeur?
Clearly I have far more questions than answers. First things first, however. This summer and next school year are my first orders of business and logistics. Getting Sunshine and Woody supervision, and Alfs that ride.
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!